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The Egyptian goddesses Sekhmet and Bastet (left and right respectively) are having a little spar together. Don’t worry, it’s the friendly kind.

Obviously I hatched the idea after watching a clip from The Mummy Returns, which has the two leading Egyptian ladies prize-fighting for the Pharaoh’s entertainment. 148 more words


Every Cloud ...

Upper Egypt, which starts just south of Giza, has been neglected by the different governments for decades. The poorest villages are there, the least advancement in any field of life is found there. 2,005 more words

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Naked Sectarianism


It is ugly, but may it make a difference. It is embarrassing, but may it spur to action. Unfortunately it is real, and may it soon disappear. 270 more words


Healing Grace for Upper Egypt

Umm Peter stood with dignity in the corner of her simple, cinderblock home. With an appearance weathered over the years, in grandmotherly fashion she spoke of the men of the village and the difficulties of life. 671 more words


Residential Dance Week in Austria, with Astrid Pinter & Liza Wedgwood

Shaabi to Sharqi (Folk to Classical)

How surprising it is to find a strong connection between the earthy exuberant and celebratory Shaabi dancing of the village peoples of Upper Egypt, the Saiid, and that which we call Sharqi or Classical, the dual form of Courtly and Modern Raqs Sharqi.  223 more words

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Western Desert, Egypt

After any more than a few days in chaotic and carcinogenic Cairo, thoughts inevitably turn to escaping to a place of tranquillity. No better rest bite then, than a weekend foray into the Western Desert: Bahariyya Oasis, and the other-worldliness of the Black Desert and the White Desert. 565 more words